Our Captain drove the boat right into the flock slowly so that we could get a closer look. As the boat approached, the birds would run across the water.
You can see all of the splashing water behind the birds as they tried to take flight.
I took several videos so that you could see the birds but also hear the pitter-patter of their feet as they ran across the water to lift off.
It was tough to get a photo of a single bird. They are powerful flyers. In fact, Sooty Shearwaters complete the second longest migration of any bird traveling from their breeding grounds in New Zealand across the Pacific ocean to California and back each year. A total trip of 40,000 miles!
Unfortunately, with so many birds, there are bound to be casualties. We found this dead bird floating face down in the water with a big gash in its side. They are pretty hefty birds. I took this selfie with the bird and Alvaro. I guess its kind of morbid but at least the bird's death will have some positive effects. Alvaro will take it to the natural history museum for study.
I really love that movie and now I love it even more.